FDA ruling brewing opposition

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, April 23 2014 at 5:18 PM, Updated: Wed, April 23 2014 at 11:38 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- A Klamath Falls brewer and rancher is concerned about a proposed F.D.A. regulation that's on tap.

Rod Kucera of 'Mia and Pia's Pizzeria and Brewhouse' brews beer, and raises cattle.

Kucera feeds his cattle grain left over from the brewing process...

"They love it - they kind of wait at the gate."

But Kucera says a proposed Food and Drug Administration ruling could change all that...

"This proposed rule would require us to dry that spent grain, package it, and label it before we could take it down to feed our own cattle."

Senator Ron Wyden opposes the ruling...and plans to visit a brewery and restaurant in Ashland Thursday morning to protest the proposal.

"Because he knows that it is basically a very ridiculous proposal."  States Kucera.

Kucera says that if the rule is passed, larger brewers will likely pass along costs to consumers.

"If you don't want the cost of your beer to go up, call Senator Wyden, or Representative Walden, and give them an earful."

Senator Wyden will host his press conference in Ashland Thursday morning at 10:30 at the Caldera Brewery and Restaurant on Clover Lane.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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